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What happens to your body when you work too hard?

Working too much for a long time will have a profound effect on health. Mental and physical pressure due to overwork can easily lead to stress, increasing the risk of many dangerous diseases.

Research by the Health Organization World (WHO) warns that working more than 55 hours a week can increase the risk of stroke by 35% and the risk of dying from heart disease by 17%. Worldwide, overwork causes about 745,000 deaths each year, according to health experts Healthline (America).

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Working too much for a long time increases the risk of many diseases, from diabetes to depression


When working too hard, the body will appear the following signs:


The heavy workload makes it impossible for some people to get enough sleep, especially in the field technology. Even, there are cases that only sleep 3 to 4 hours / night, sometimes have to stay up all night to work.

In fact, no one has enough physical strength and mental energy to work up to 14 hours a day for a long time. There is a lot of research evidence that not getting enough sleep increases the risk of many diseases, from diabetes to depression. Health authorities recommend that adults get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.

Body ache

The most frequent pain points when working too much are the head, neck and back. Research published in the journal Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine shows that working long hours, repeating the same position will increase the risk of bone and joint problems. This situation still occurs whether it is a desk job or manual labor.

To reduce the risk, people can take precautions such as adjusting their working posture, building strength by exercising, taking regular breaks to relax or walking.

Neglecting relationships

Neglecting family relationships is a sign that you are working too much. Your job leaves you with no time to spend with your parents, spouse or children when they need it.

The balance between work and personal life is important to a person. Mental health organization Mental Health Foundation (UK) recommends that people need to balance working time and entertainment. Recreation should not be too much but should be enough to feel satisfied and balanced with work.


Stressful work for a long time will make the body emotionally and mentally exhausted. Sleepless nights, poor eating habits, and a sense of loss of control at work will lead to irritability and anger.

People can choose forms that help improve mental health such as meditation, yoga or doing things they love like cooking or painting. If the mental pressure is not relieved, you can come to psychotherapist or change jobs, according to Healthline.

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